The two nations have played each other three times. Colombia beat Japan 1-0 in the 2003 Confederations Cup, and won 4-1 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The sides drew 0-0 in the Kirin Cup back in 2007.
Colombian star James Rodriguez who was the 2014 World Cup top scorer with 6 goals in 5 appearances might not start today as he missed training complaining of muscle fatigue. His left calf has reportedly been troubling him.
Most of Japan’s top players play their club ball in their home nation. There are exceptions, including its best player, Borussia Dortmund’s Shinki Kagawa. He’ll lead what is considered a very strong Japanese midfield unit into the World Cup 2018.
Up front, Shinki Okazaki is past his prime but can still provide excitement in what is likely his final World Cup. The Leicester City forward has 50 career goals for his national team.
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